New Chief Executive announced for Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Marshall Dallas has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).

He will join the company on 1 October 2014 succeeding Hans H Rissmann OBE who has held the role for 21 years.

Marshall Dallas has a wealth of experience in the hospitality sector, having held senior management roles at MacDonald Hotels, Queens Moat House, Gleneagles Hotel and Trust House Forte during a hotel industry career spanning almost 25 years.

His most recent executive roles have been in the private healthcare sector, most recently at Nuffield Health, where he has been a Director since 2013. He was previously an Executive Director of BMI Healthcare for two years.

Hans H Rissmann OBE will hand over operational responsibility on 31 October 2014 following a month-long transition.

A report detailing his appointment will be noted at the City of Edinburgh Council meeting on Thursday 25 September.

EICC Chair and City of Edinburgh Councillor, Gordon Munro, announced the appointment. He said: “I am delighted with Marshall’s appointment after what has been a wide ranging search and we are confident that he has the skillset required to take the expanded, award-winning business forward.”

Marshall Dallas said: “I am delighted to have been given this exciting opportunity to lead one of the world’s most cutting-edge conference and exhibition centres. Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh has much to offer both national and international business tourists.

“While, the addition of the new Lennox Suite, with its unique hall-wide moving floor system, puts the venue in the first rank of city centre destinations in a global meetings marketplace.”

Marshall Dallas was born in Dumfries and now lives in Central Scotland with his wife and two children.

EICC, a company owned by the City of Edinburgh Council opened for business in 1995, underwent a major expansion in 2013, doubling in size, and is regarded internationally to be redefining city centre conference and event space.

The business is winner of the European Foundation for Quality Management award, was first in class to achieve Environmental Management Standard, ISO14001 and is the reigning UFI Sustainable Development Award winner across the global exhibition industry.

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